This month we start a new financial year, celebrate christmas in July, and gasp at how fast the year as flown by. Yes, it is July and it has been a crazy month so far. New and exciting beauty products are being launched all around us. At last count there were 60 new releases in the beauty categories this month and picking some favourites was nearly impossible. Frankly, they are all amazing, but let’s see what came in at the top of my list.



Pharmaceutical company Advangen have released this brand new hair tonic for both men and women with serious hair loss and thinning concerns. Évolis hair tonics are a TGA listed medicine so they have been proven to show results in promoting hair growth, reducing hair loss and thinning, and promoting the natural hair regrowth cycle. I have seen the studies and this is a simple to use product I will absolutely be testing on my own hair ASAP!

AUS $89 from Évolis / USA & UK – Not available at this time but can be purchased on their website with international shipping available.

L’Oréal Paris Elvive Volume Collagen

The Elvive Volume Collagen range by L’Oréal Paris is their newest collection of hair products specifically designed to address the growing trend of big hair. It is something I am on a personal quest for so I welcome any new offerings in this category. The range consists of a Shampoo and Conditioner plus a Root Lifting Spray, all promising texturised volume for fine and limp hair.

Australia – pharmacies, department stores and variety stores / USA & UK – Not available at this time.

Schwarzkopf Extra Care Marrakesh Oil and Coconut

Moroccan Argan oil is still a big trend in hair and if you have experienced good results with it, or haven’t yet tried it, you may be looking for a cost effective version. Schwarzkopf are offering just that with their new haircare range, Extra Care Marrakesh Oil and Coconut. The key ingredient is organic Argan oil rich in antioxidants. The range includes Shampoo, Conditioner, Express Mousse Treatment and Daily Oil Elixir.

Australia – Woolworths, Coles, Priceline stores, independent retailers and pharmacies / USA & UK – Not available at this time.


Thakoon for NARS

This limited edition nail polish collection from NARS has been available overseas for quite sometime but in true Australian fashion it has taken months to arrive on our shores. The bright hues of this collection was inspired by Thakoon’s Spring 2012 collection, in which NARS were the official makeup sponsor of his show. The nail collection comprises of five shades: Amchoor (Bright yellow), Anardana (Azalea pink), Koliary (Cyan blue), Kutki (Powder blue) and Ratin Jot (Orchid purple).

The collaborations between NARS and Thakoon may only just be launching to the public now with this collection, but I have a sneaky suspicion we will see a lot more from them.

AUS $32 from Mecca Cosmetica / USA $18 from SephoraSaks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s / £14 from Space NK


Illamasqua “Naked Strangers”

The latest colour collection from British cosmetic brand Illamasqua is a marriage between nudes and golds. Browns, peaches, flesh tones … they all sound rather simple until you add in a pinch of gold. This collection does that perfectly, and it is probably the most wearable collection I have ever seen from Illamasqua. In my opinion this is a year-round, fashionable, tasteful collection.

The Naked Strangers collection includes Nail Varnish in Monogamous (creamy flesh pink), Faithful (coppered metal) and Swinger (glistening platinum gold); Intense Lipgloss in Stranger (platinum gold) and Sheer Lipgloss in Intimacy (nude pink brown); Powder Blusher in Naked Rose (neutral beige brown) and Cream Blusher in Zygmoatic (naked pink brown). Unofficial inclusions in the collection include the Neutral Palette and Liquid Metal in Electrum.

All products are available directly from Illamasqua’s website with international shipping or from the following outlets.

Australia – Myer / USA – Sephora / UK – ASOS

The Body Shop Lily Cole Cruelty Free Makeup Collection

It is a long name but the Lily Cole Cruelty Free Makeup Collection for The Body Shop is a truly pleasant surprise in my opinion. One thing I do find puzzling is that it includes ‘Cruelty Free’ in the name because aren’t all Body Shop products cruelty free? Well, yes, they are. Confusion! The collection went on sale in the UK in May but it has only just gone on sale for the USA and Australia.

Anyway, this colour collection is all about pretty, pinks and pastels. Love. It is a very ‘me’ collection and the items are so wearable for any age. The collection consists of Lip & Cheek Dome, Puff On Radiance, Shimmer Cubes palette, Mini Hi Shine Lip Treatment, Liquid Eyeliner and Pearl Radiance Primer.

Available in store and online at The Body Shop.

CoverGirl and Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation

The look of this product is a big draw card for me, but it is also a really great foundation as well. In yet another partnership between CoverGirl and Olay, this product addresses a much needed concern for many foundation wearers ….. hydration! The visible ribbon of anti-aging serum provides skin with hydration and smooths over fine lines, making it an optimal partner for the foundation. With continual use, the product improves skintone and texture.

AUS $22.95 from Priceline, variety stores and selected pharmacy outlets / USA $13.99 from ULTA, and Target / UK – Not available

Benefit Cosmetics Ultra Plush Lip Gloss

The new range of lipglosses from Benefit got me so excited I was actually giddy for weeks leading up to them going on sale. Beautifully complimenting the successful line of Box O’ Powders, the super silky lipglosses come in each of the 6 powder shades: Bella Bamba, CORALista, Dallas, Dandelion, Hoola and Sugarbomb.

AUS $29 from Myer and Adore Beauty / USA $16 from Benefit Cosmetics, Sephora and ULTA / UK £13.50 from Benefit Cosmetics UK

Maybelline New York EyeStudio Color Tattoo Eye Shadow

Ok, Maybelline New York have released a whole heap of new products this month (and I will go over them in a separate post) but my favourite of the entire lot is the Color Tattoo Eye Shadows. These launched in the USA ages ago and they have been all over US beauty blogs making us Australians very jealous. Now they are in Australia and we can celebrate!

These eyeshadows are super long lasting, cream gel formula that packs a real colour punch. Available in 10 shades: Pomegranate Punk, Fierce & Tangy, Edgy Emerald, Too Cool, Audacious Asphalt, Tenacious Teal, Tough As Taupe, Bad To The Bronze, Painted Purple and Bold Gold.

AUS $11.95 from variety stores, department stores, and selected pharmacies / USA $6.99 from Target, ULTA and / UK £4.99 from Boots



Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Gel

The moisturising cream is targeted at normal and combination skin, but if want a cream that feels light and refreshing than you will be a fan of this. I have dry skin and with the little testing I have done so far, I have found it to provide sufficient hydration most days. Mostly I just love how soft my skin feels afterwards and how quickly it sinks in.

AUS $70 from department stores and Adore Beauty / USA $49.50 from ClarinsNordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman / UK £33.50 from Clarins UK and Boots


VS Sassoon For Men Limited Edition Speedline Clipper Set

I admit, I like this set for men because it makes for a great gift. We have Father’s Day coming up in Australia very soon and men are so hard to buy for, but this makes it easy! The VS Sassoon Men Speedline Limited Edition Clipper Set includes a mains operated clipper for continuous high power and performance plus high-grade stainless steel blades for sharpness and precision. It has a five-position taper level for fine cut adjustment, eight clipper comb guides (grades one to eight) for a variety of cutting lengths, and battery operated precision trimmer for tidying the neckline, sideburns and facial hair. The set comes with a barber’s comb, scissors, cleaning brush and lubricating oil, plus a storage bag. And it looks snazzy!

AUS $42.95 from department stores and leading electrical outlets.

What do you think of these new products? Have you tried any yet? Let me know by commenting below!


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